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What might just be the PlayStation Vita's last great exclusive is coming out sooner than we thought.
Learn about one of the hotly-anticipated indie's defining mechanics before it releases next week.
Heart Machine's Kickstarter success story Hyper Light Drifter has been one of the most hotly-anticipated indies for a while, and we finally have a new trailer to satisfy our collective indie lust. The trailer shows the protagonist hacking, slashing, and warping through colorful environments that show exactly why pixel art is such a fast growing art form.
Tokyo Dark, a fascinating blend of investigative adventure and choice-driven horror that we ran an Indie Spotlight on a while back, has just arrived on Steam Greenlight. The game follows the story of Detective Ito as she unravels a supernatural mystery set against a backdrop of very real issues plaguing modern Japan, from institutionalized sexism to skyrocketing suicide rates, and is one of few games where causing violence can cause the protagonist to be driven insane. Read on to see Cherrymochi's chilling new trailer and a batch of new screens!
I love a good surprise. Swedish developer Tarsier Studios, responsible for the excellent LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and the upcoming Tearaway Unfolded for PlayStation 4, recently shared a teaser trailer and information for their unsettling new horror project, Hunger.
Dubbing it "suspense-adventure", Hunger tells the story of a young girl named Six who must endure and escape a hideous construct known as The Maw. The visuals are some of the most impressive I've laid eyes on even at this early stage, somehow blending the whimsy of Coraline (Laika, 2009), the deafeningly somber tone of LIMBO (Playdead, 2010), and the incomprehensible horror of H.P. Lovecraft.
Gameplay looks to be heavily inspired by LIMBO, the trailer teasing a similar blend of physics-based logic puzzles and traversal. Read on to see the trailer and a selection of stunning screens.
"Against the neon lights of modern day Tokyo follow detective Itō into the shadows, into violence, lies and paranoia. Explore the tunnels and sewers beneath the city and uncover a paranormal conspiracy hidden in the depths of the Tokyo dark."
Tokyo Dark is a noir-tinged adventure that takes a long, hard look at one of the most unique cities on Earth. Tokyo, Japan is an uncommon blending of the ancient and the modern and its legends and folklore are embedded into the public consciousness in a way that lacks a parallel in the West.
Capitalizing on this, developer Cherrymochi sinks its teeth right into the heart of the city, weaving a story that sees protagonist Detective Ito unraveling the mysteries surrounding a mysterious red door located beneath the subways of the city. It is said that anyone who opens the door never returns... but what if they did?
In 2011, Freebird Games released the indie darling To the Moon, which touched many with its emotionally compelling and heart wrenching narrative. Kan Gao, owner of Freebird Games, created almost the entire game on his own, and his masterful blend of story and music created an unforgettable journey. Now, Gao is back with a side story called A Bird Story. Like To the Moon, A Bird Story is another emotional adventure, but this time with a twist; not a single line of text is presented throughout this journey. This idea of story through purely visuals and music both makes and breaks this game for me.
InnerSpace is a beautiful new game from indie developer PolyKnight Games that blends the flight of classics like Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Skies with the quiet exploration of Journey or Shadow of the Colossus, all set within a series of inverted spheres in which the laws of gravity do not apply (as in Super Mario Galaxy).
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